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WorldNetDaily is reporting that, on November 30, 2008, a female aide to an unnamed U.S. Congressman entered the Gaza Strip under cover of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency, UNWRA, to secretly meet with Ahmed Yousef, Hamas’ chief political adviser, and Siad Siam, Hamas’ former “interior minister” who was killed last month.

The State Department says the meeting with Hamas is illegal.  The formal policy of the U.S. is to not negotiate with Hamas, but a Hamas parliament member, Mushir al-Massri, says that they have direct communication with U.S. Congressmen and European Parliament members.

Congressman’s aide sneaks secret terrorist rendezvous

Undercover meeting with Hamas called illegal by State Department

Posted: February 22, 2009
7:41 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Ahmed Yousef

JERUSALEM – An aide to a member of the U.S. Congress held a secret meeting in the Gaza Strip with leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization, according to information obtained by WND.

Sources intimately familiar with the meeting told WND the aide, a woman, met in Gaza on Nov. 30 with Ahmed Yousef, Hamas’ chief political adviser in Gaza, and Siad Siam, Hamas’ “interior minister.” Siam served as chief of Hamas’ executive force, a guerrilla militia heavily involved in terrorism, until he was eliminated in an Israeli strike last month.

According to the sources speaking to WND, the meeting took place at the Museum, a fish restaurant in the Sudaniya neighborhood of the Gaza Strip, just next to the Gaza port. The restaurant is owned by the brother of Jamal al-Khudari, who heads the Palestinian Authority’s Committee for Breaking the Israeli Siege on Gaza.

What do terrorists really talk about behind closed doors? Find out in Aaron Klein’s “Schmoozing with Terrorists” from WND Books!

WND’s sources said the aide – whose name and congressman they refused to divulge – entered Gaza under the cover of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency, or UNWRA, which came under fire this past weekend for reportedly handing Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a Hamas letter to deliver to President Obama.

Kerry’s visit to Gaza, which took place last Thursday, coincided with a similar trip that same day by U.S. Representatives Brian Baird, D-Wash., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

Hamas’ official charter calls for the murder of Jews and the destruction of Israel. The Islamist group is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks aimed at Jewish civilians.

A spokesman for the State Department confirmed to WND the congressional aide’s purported meeting with Hamas would break U.S. law.

Mushir al-Massri, a Hamas spokesman and Hamas parliament member, told WND his group is in direct communication with members of Congress.

“We are speaking to U.S. Congressmen,” he claimed, “also members of the European Parliament.”

Hamas’ Yousef also said his Islamist group was in contact with members of the U.S. Congress, but he wouldn’t divulge any names.

Official U.S. policy supports sidestepping Hamas, but the group has been making major inroads toward ending its isolation.

Some trace Hamas’ claim of newfound international dialogue to Jimmy Carter’s visit in April, when the former president met with top Hamas officials.

Immediately after Carter’s meeting, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner confirmed Paris held talks with Hamas, and Norway’s deputy foreign minister, Raymond Johansan, admitted meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniya.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum confirmed to WND that Hamas this year “met a delegation from the European Parliament, from France, and from Italy, and Norway, and from the EU parliament and from Carter.”

“All of these are supporting Hamas, and they have a plan to support Palestinian rights and interests,” Barhoum said, speaking from Gaza.

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You turn on your TV and there you see Israeli forces firing rockets, shells, and bullets into neighborhoods and schools.  The World cries “STOP, you’re killing innocent people”, yet Israeli forces continue their assault.  Palestinians shout out for help, and the World listens.

But, you’re only getting half the story.

John Wohlsetter’s has written an article on his blog, Letter From The Capitol, that shows just a snippet of the “other side”, the side most people either: ignore out of ignorance or malice, or are deceived by the “humanitarian plight” of the “Palestinians”.  Surely, this World has gone mad when good becomes evil and evil becomes good, no?

Make no mistake, there can be absolutely no co-existence between Israel and its Arab neighbors who follow true Islam.  Some Arab nations may “tolerate” Israel, but they all want Israel destroyed and every last Jew dead.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to watch “Islam: What The West Needs To Know”.  In it, former Muslims and Islam experts explain what Islam is really about; some of them even lived it and were former terrorists.  True Islamists don’t hide their beliefs; they shout it out every day on the TV and Internet, but no one listens:  either you convert to Islam, live under them with demi status, or you will be killed.  You’re either in the House of Islam, or the House of War.

Know that the Third Intifada is coming, and it won’t be confined to just the Middle East.

Gaza: Israel Perseveres

The IDF stepped up tunnel destruction along the Philadephi corridor after warning residents living nearby to vacate the areas.  Hamas continued to reject full ceasefire despite taking a pasting from the IDF.  The Australian reports that Hamas may have longer-range rockets whose 70 kilometer range would put Tel Aviv within reach.  Martin Kramer sees Israel aiming to depose Hamas if possible, and allow the Palestinian Authority to take over (the PA having been violently ejected from Gaza in the Hamas coup of June 2007).

In contrast to the Palestinians, who are much of the world’s (especially the UN’s) darlings, NRO’s Barbara Lerner paints a vivid portrait of the Israeli settlers.  They often find themselves demonized as clones of Islamist terrorists, a comparison that goes beyond merely false to childishness.  One need not accept the settlers’ position to notice that they do not fire rockets at schoolhouses (or at anywhere else) nor do they launch suicide bombers and the like.  Their historical claim has been set aside by 20th century politics, in favor of the dubious claims of the “Palestinians” whose “rights” the world discovered only after Israel won the 1967 War and retook land Jordan took in the 1948 War.

Care to move beyond caricature and calumny and take an unblinkered look at who Israeli settlers actually are, and when and why they were transformed from a widely admired little band of brave and selfless patriots into a synonym for evil and a scapegoat for the world? Read on, please. Settlers are Israeli Jews who reject the basic demand of the Palestinians: the demand that large parts of Biblical Israel be Judenrein — cleansed of any Jewish presence for all eternity. Settlers claim a right to buy land and live and work on it, anywhere in the Biblical triangle between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean, and between the Red Sea and the Golan Heights, and they act on that right by building and living in communities in places like Hebron, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Amona.

They claim, just as fiercely, the right to preserve, defend, and keep open to Jews, Christians, and appropriately respectful others, the physical sites and structures where the founders and key followers of the two great religions of the West lived, worked, and died: places like Abraham’s tomb and Joseph’s, and the Church of the Nativity, built over the place where Jesus was born — places that Palestinian attackers have desecrated and tried to destroy in the years after Oslo. Most settlers are deeply religious people who revere these places as sacred sites, but you don’t have to be a believer to think their obliteration would be an irreparable loss to civilized people of all religions everywhere — any more than you have to be a Buddhist to mourn the destruction of the colossal, 1,500-year-old Bamiyan Buddhas by the same kind of Islamist jihadis in Afghanistan in 2001.

Most Americans who sympathize with Palestinians do so because they see them as natives, and see Israelis as newly arrived Westerners. In fact, most Israeli settlers are Mizrahi: Jews who were dispersed to a host of Middle Eastern lands after the Roman conquest of Israel 2,000 years ago, but, unlike the Ashkenazi (the Jews most Americans know), never left the Middle East. They have lived in the region for 5,000 continuous years and have long been the majority in Israel — roughly, 3 to 4 million of Israel’s 5 to 6 million Jews. Tourist brochures to the contrary notwithstanding, relatively few Mizrahi really speak English, but most are still as fluent in Arabic or Persian as they are in Hebrew, and most believe what all Israeli settlers and most American evangelicals believe about Jewish rights in Biblical Israel.

As this article linked to in the Lerner piece indicates, there is a real refugee/settler problem: the grossly inflated count of Palestinians living in UN camps, now counted at about 4.5 million.  No more than a tiny fraction of these are refugees by the traditional legal definition; the remainder are descendants of the 1948 flight, and would not be counted as refugees anywhere else in the world.  Granting these refugees citizenship in the Palestinian entity or the Arab land of their choice–allowing the original refugees (by now, fewer than 100,000) a right of return inside Israel, would end the issue.  The article cites a 2004 poll in which 85 percent of Palestinians found such a solution acceptance.  Alas, do not hold your breath.

Oh, and today Palestinians in southern Lebanon fired several rockets into Nahariya (an action that Hezbollah surely cleared first), wounding two in a nursing home.

Israel is showing remarkable perseverance despite the horrific shelling of the UN school, with a result clearly not desired by Israel.  Hamas’s leaders are ready, it seems, to use their women and children as consumables.  Notably, the leadership is not personally suicidal.  Hiding in hospitals, schools and Damascus shows that the leaders have survival instincts.

As this Jerusalem Post editorial notes in detail, media coverage is a major problem, partly because Israel found that in 2006 news reporters revealed information about Israeli military moves that helped Hezbollah, and partly because putting foreign journalist names on information supplied from Hamas confers added respectability on the reports.  Hamas is blocking supplies from Egypt and then complaining of a humanitarian crisis, which the media reports in a manner that suggests Israel is guilty of blocking such supplies.

TAS pundit Lisa Fabrizio sees a world gone mad in excusing militant Islam’s barbarity, while condemning Christianity and savaging America and Israel:

In a sane world, one faced with a religious cult that has been responsible for countless incidents of brutality and monstrous assaults on innocent life all over the world, we might see that world unite to rid itself of those responsible for these atrocities. As in WWII or the Gulf War, the civilized nations would put aside their differences and come together in the name of decency to defend the decent.

But in a mad, mad world, the perpetrators are lauded as “freedom fighters” and defended by “human rights” groups. Now, with renewed hostilities in the Gaza Strip, much of the world has incredibly decided that the fault lies with Israel, a people who in sixty short years have gone from earning the sympathy and respect of the world for enduring the Holocaust to being on the receiving end of its hatred and enmity.

In a world that claims to defend the lives of the innocent, any culture that encourages its women to become suicide bombers and straps bombs to its children and the mentally ill would justly earn the scorn and contempt of good men everywhere. Yet, in a crazed world, this behavior is incredibly excused by blaming it on the victims of such ungodly acts.

In a compassionate world, the use of schools, hospitals and places of worship as staging areas for terrorists would be decried as the barbaric and savage practice that it is. Every international agency and NGO would scream to high heavens about these heinous abuses of the “rules of war.” But in a world gone mad, these tactics are defended as necessary to counteract the “disproportionate response” of the Israelis; as if the aim of legitimate warfare is not to gain such an advantage over one’s enemies.

Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center notes overt anti-Semitism engendered by Israel’s not only defending itself, but affirming its right to exist:

My fear is that the rage we see in the protesters marching in the streets is far more profound and dangerous than we would like to believe. There are a great many people in the world who, even after Auschwitz, just can’t bear the Jewish state having the same rights they so readily grant to other nations. These voices insist Israel must take risks they would never dare ask of any other nation-state — risks that threaten its very survival — because they don’t believe Israel should exist in the first place.

Just look at the spate of attacks this week on Jews and Jewish institutions around the world: a car ramming into a synagogue in France; a Chabad menorah and Jewish-owned shops sprayed with swastikas in Belgium; a banner at an Australian rally demanding “clean the earth from dirty Zionists!”; demonstrators in the Netherlands chanting “Gas the Jews”; and in Florida, protestors demanding Jews “Go back to the ovens!”

How else can we explain the double-standard that is applied to the Gaza conflict, if not for a more insidious bias against the Jewish state?

Hier sees a dismal repeat endgame:

The pattern is always the same. Following a cease-fire brought on by international pressure, there will be a call for a massive infusion of funds to help Palestinians recover from the devastation of the Israeli attack. The world will respond eagerly, handing over hundreds of millions of dollars. To whom does this money go? To Hamas, the same terrorist group that brought disaster to the Palestinians in the first place.

The world seems to have forgotten that at the end of World War II, President Harry Truman initiated the Marshall Plan, investing vast sums to rebuild Germany. But he did so only with the clear understanding that the money would build a new kind of Germany — not a Fourth Reich that would continue the policies of Adolf Hitler. Yet that is precisely what the world will be doing if we once again entrust funds to Hamas terrorists and their Iranian puppet masters.

Team Obama is holding its cards close, understandably.  Its voice come January 20 will speak volumes.

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WorldNetDaily has an article up explaining that AIG will be offering Shariah-compliant homeowners insurance.  Two U.S. Senators scolded the company explaining that offering Shariah-compliant services will require AIG to donate to Zakat, the third pillar of Islam, and that those donations were funneled to terrorist groups like Hamas and al-Qaida.  A noted Shariah finance adviser,Yusuf Qaradawi, has called Zakat “jihad with money”.

U.S. lawmakers scold AIG over Shariah finance

Bailed-out firm ‘marketing products that support radical ideology’

Posted: December 19, 2008
2:20 am Eastern
By Paul Sperry
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Two conservative U.S. lawmakers have put the nation’s largest insurer on notice for marketing Islamic financial products in America, warning that they “support a radical political ideology.”American International Group earlier this month announced it will be offering Shariah-compliant homeowners insurance in the U.S. Hit hard by the financial crisis, AIG is looking for new revenue sources, and sees Muslim finance as a high-growth segment of the insurance market.

“We are pleased to offer socially responsible solutions to this segment of the domestic market,” said Matthew Power, president of AIG subsidiary Risk Specialists Companies Inc.

But two Republican leaders in Congress say it’s a bad idea, and scolded the federally subsidized insurer for promoting a “Stone Age” legal code “championed by the Taliban and Osama bin Laden.” Teetering on bankruptcy, AIG has benefited from $153 billion in tax-supported bailout money.

In a blistering letter sent today to New York-based AIG CEO Ed Liddy, Reps. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., and Frank Wolf, R-Va., warned that a portion of the proceeds from their Shariah offerings could end up financing jihad. Myrick co-chairs the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, and Wolf co-chairs the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.

“Under Shariah finance, your company must contribute Zakat, the Third Pillar of Islam, which is a 2.5 percent donation to Muslim charity,” the lawmakers wrote in their 3-page letter, a copy of which was obtained by WND. “While this may sound honorable, al-Qaida was able to receive between $300 (million) and $500 million from Zakat contributors who used a web of non-transparent charities and front companies to funnel money through Islamic banks.”

“We have also seen this in the U.S.,” they added, “as Zakat was sent to a front group, the Holy Land Foundation, which was recently convicted by a federal court for sending funds to the terrorist organization, Hamas.”

Moreover, they point out that a noted Shariah finance adviser, Yusuf Qaradawi, is a leader in the worldwide jihadist movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood, and chairs some 50 Islamic charities. Qaradawi once called Zakat “jihad with money.”

The lawmakers warned Liddy that the charitable transfers made by Shariah finance advisers are notoriously opaque, and his company could potentially be held liable for terrorist money-laundering.

“We hope you can verify what hands your money passes through, because we would hate to see the FBI visit you one day, look into your books, and tell you that money from AIG found its way into terrorist hands,” Myrick and Wolf notified Liddy.

Read investigative reporter Paul Sperry’s blockbuster exposé of radical Islamic subversion of American society and government, titled “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington.”

They also asserted in their letter that, far from being “socially responsible,” complying with the tenets of Shariah law promotes a culture that “enshrines horrific human-rights abuses.”

They pointed out that under Shariah law, as practiced in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries:

  • A woman cannot leave the house without her husband’s permission.
  • Men can beat their “insubordinate” wives.
  • Women who are convicted of adultery are punished by death by stoning.
  • Apostasy from Islam is punished by death without trial.
  • Non-Muslims under Shariah law are second-class citizens.
  • Homosexuals and lesbians must be killed.
  • Slavery is permitted and deemed legitimate.

“It is disheartening to think that your products are helping Shariah to gain a foothold in the United States,” the Republican members of Congress wrote.

They also noted that Shariah finance products exhibit the same lack of transparency as the products that helped create the current financial crisis — subprime loans.

“Many in the financial industry believed subprime loans were a great way to make money and would cause no harm,” the letter to AIG warns. “Do not make the same mistake by supporting Shariah finance.”

Meanwhile, a public-interest law firm is suing bailout beneficiary AIG to divest itself of Shariah-based businesses. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thomas More Law Center argues that, in effect, federal tax dollars are being used to promote a religion.

AIG’s Shariah advisory board includes Muhammad Imran Ashraf Usmani, the son of Sheik Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, who supports violent jihad against Westerners.

Dow Jones & Co. recently removed the senior Usmani, a world renowned Shariah finance adviser, from the Shariah advisory board of its Dow Jones Islamic Market Index after the national newspaper, “Investor’s Business Daily,”exposed his radical ties and called for his ouster in a series of editorials.

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This report was filed by FOXNews.com on 10/10/2008:

Barack Obama’s newly appointed Muslim outreach adviser is coming under fire for meeting with Islamic groups with extremist views, just two months after her predecessor resigned over links to a radical cleric.

Minha Husaini met with members of several Islamic organizations in Virginia on September 15 — including some that terrorism experts say have ties to Hamas and the radical Muslim Brotherhood.

Among the attendees were senior members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which was listed by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror-related trial.

Several people connected to CAIR have been convicted of felonies — including on terrorism-related charges.

CAIR bills itself as the nation’s largest Muslim civil-rights advocacy group. As recently as last year, it advised the Transportation Security Administration on sensitivity training regarding Muslim air travelers. Nihad Awad, a CAIR co-founder and executive director, met with President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11.

But critics say CAIR has a long history of masquerading as a moderate Islamic group.

“These groups, even if they themselves are not active terrorist organizations, do subscribe to large amounts of the ideology that fuels the terrorism that we are being confronted with,” said Andrew McCarthy, former Assistant U.S. Attorney.

CAIR did not return repeated calls for comment.

Awad, who was at the September meeting with Husaini, recently attended a dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Also present at the Sept. 15 meeting was Mahdi Bray, who has publicly announced his support for the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Bray, the executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, raised his fist in the air during a rally in Washington in October 2000 to demonstrate his support for the terror groups.

Bray refused to comment on the recent gathering. “It was a closed meeting,” he told FOX News.

Johari Abdul Malik, imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va., also participated in the meeting. During a conference in Chicago in 2001, he told attendees, “You can blow up bridges, but you cannot kill people who are innocent on their way to work.” In November 2004 he told followers, “You will see Islam move from being the second largest religion in America — to being the first religion in America.”

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said the campaign would not have sent a representative to the meeting had it known the list of participants.

“This meeting was not organized by the campaign — our outreach staff attends many meetings in the course of each day and they accepted an invitation from community leaders to attend,” LaBolt told FOX News in a written statement.

The Obama campaign’s previous Muslim outreach advisor, Mazen Asbahi — who stepped down in August following reports he was linked to a radical imam — also attended the meeting.

In a brief telephone conversation, Asbahi refused to discuss why he was at the meeting or whom he was representing.

According to LaBolt, “[Asbahi] is not an employee of the campaign and does not speak on behalf of the campaign.”

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